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DC judge halts homeless housing practice

Monday - 3/24/2014, 6:50pm  ET

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A D.C. Superior Court judge says city officials must stop housing poor families on cots in recreation centers on freezing nights, saying the communal sleeping quarters appear to deny the families their right to privacy and security under city law.

The Washington Post ( ) reports Judge Robert Okun on Monday granted a temporary injunction that forces the city to stop using the recreation centers while a lawsuit against the city over the accommodations plays out.

City law requires officials to house homeless families when the temperature drops below freezing.

Okun rejected the city's argument that finding private sleeping quarters for homeless families is a financial burden. The city plans an appeal.

With a city shelter full, officials previously rented motel rooms for families on freezing nights. That stopped this year.


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